By Off The Wall Squash
We were very excited to deliver our second Primary School Squash Coaches Workshop last Sunday at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club.
This time, the workshop was supported by The England Squash Foundation to provide funded spaces for coaches around the Midlands area. The day comprised practical work around equipment, games, exercises, and delivery methods, as well as the background work that goes into engaging schools and nurturing those links into local clubs.
Squash United’s Ming Lee gave us some wonderful feedback, which helps fuel our passion to share this information further and to more people:
“I wanted to extend my personal thanks to you for organising the schools coaching masterclass at Wolverhampton yesterday.
“It was great to see and feel the passion, energy and expertise which Paul, Lauren and Emily shared with the group. It’s a simple but brilliant message that when the branding, product and service is good, coaches can help grow the game and make a decent living from school squash programmes.
“We’ll be buying a good number of your new rebound nets and I’ll definitely be reporting back to [England Squash CEO] Mark Williams that this needs to be a national programme.”
Talking to Squash Player Magazine, Off The Wall Squash’s Karen Selby explained:
“The bit squash coaches are generally terrified of is having 30 primary school children in front of them who have never held a racket before. What do you do with them? There’s nothing in the coaching manuals to tell you. If we want to get more children playing squash, we must give coaches the knowledge and confidence to do this well. That’s why this programme is so vital.”